Steve's Pyrography Wooden timber book leather spine cordage journal notebook personalised unique gift NSW QLD TAS VIC Harden

Timber is pine - a plank (from a hardware store) - 19mm thick Cut the size required and then cut the timber in half down the width, to produce two pieces approximately 8-9mm thick.

I sanded the timber to a 400 grit, then used a blow torch to burn the entire surface...deliberately leaving a lighter area for the lettering to be added after.
Naturally, with the grain varying as it 'travels' along the plank, so too will the finished burnt grain produce an individual look for each book.


Steve's Pyrography Wooden timber book leather spine cordage journal notebook personalised unique gift NSW QLD TAS VIC Harden

The leather spine (above) was taken from the piece (below) - with burnt lines (with a knife-edged pyrography nib) - holes punched - and eyelets fitted.

Steve's Pyrography Wooden timber book leather spine cordage journal notebook personalised unique gift NSW QLD TAS VIC Harden
The timber was cut in half through the width - with a handsaw, thus the uneven surface - as the saw blade tended to move with the grain nearer the middle - but to me, it gives the surface some character and age and a recycled/re-purposed appearance.
The leather underneath is what I used for the spine - 3mm thick - vegan treated tanned but natural colour.
The cord is 3 strands of 1mm black leather round cord that I plaited, for appearance and strength.
Steve's Pyrography Wooden timber book leather spine cordage journal notebook personalised unique gift NSW QLD TAS VIC Harden

I burnt the lines (freehand) using a knife edged nib with my pyrography unit - then hole punched and fitted with eyelets (the hole punch came with various punch sizes and a bag of mixed colour eyelets)

Steve's Pyrography Wooden timber book leather spine cordage journal notebook personalised unique gift NSW QLD TAS VIC Harden

I used Jute twine to plait a 'clasp' - to loop over a timber clothing button...It was a long button, so I cut the ends off to make it an easier shape to move the twins clasp over.

I used the same jute twine to hold the booklet on place against the spine.

The booklet has a 250gsm textured White Linen Cardstock for the cover, and 100gsm Matte Art Paper for the remainder - the harder cover gives the holes strength to allow the twine to hold the pages in place, without eventually tearing.

Steve's Pyrography Wooden timber book leather spine cordage journal notebook personalised unique gift NSW QLD TAS VIC Harden